In 1926 the Duke of York, later King George VI, consulted the Harley Street Speech Therapist, Lionel Logue for assistance in overcoming his severe stammer. With the assistance of exercises and coaching, the affected muscles relaxed, and largely eliminated the Duke’s stammer.
Logue worked with the Duke for many years. At the coronation in 1937 Logue sat close to the King to encourage him in the delivery of the difficult oaths of office. He was also present as the King delivered his VE Day address in 1945. Logue was rewarded with close friendship with the King and membership of the Royal Victorian Order (shown left), the personal gift of the Sovereign.
Logue founded the British Society of Speech Therapists and was a founding Fellow of the College of Speech Therapists.